How To Use Snapchat

So unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you have heard of Snapchat.  But for some it can be a little confusing, maybe intimidating, or maybe you think it’s only for teenie boppers.  SO. NOT. TRUE.

So here I am to give you a little lesson in how to use Snapchat.

I have been on Snapchat for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it!  It’s not my most used app but I do use it at least once a day.  And my kids love letting me take silly pictures of them with it.

First you want to download the app and give yourself a name.  If you blog, I would use your blogging name.  Below is a picture of the screen that pops up when you have made an account and open the app.

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At the upper left is a lightning bolt with an x.  This is where you can turn the flash on or off.  There might also be a moon there letting you know that you might want to use the flash.  I don’t usually use a flash so mine is usually set to no flash.

In the middle of the top is the little snapchat ghost character.  If you tap it you get a screen that looks like this…

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This is where you can see who has added you and you can add others.  The great thing about snapchat is that anyone who has their yellow snapchat window displayed like on a profile pic etc.  All you have to do is take a pic of it…then come back to this screen, click on add friends, then add by snapcode, choose the photo you took of their snap window and they are automatically added.  You can also add by username, address book, or even if someone is nearby and has their snapchat app open.

If you tap on the yellow square you can record a short video that will be displayed within the ghost character of your window.  Just tap it and then when you are ready tap the circle at the bottom of the yellow ghost window display, and be ready.  To get back just press the arrow on the left.  At the top left is a circle arrow with the snapchat ghost in the middle.  This is if you want to delete your existing profile video.

The question mark at the top left on the add friends screen above will show you how to add friends using their snapcode and your phone.  The middle trophy symbol shows a trophy case based on what kind of stuff you have done with your snapchat.  And the settings pin wheel on the right brings up your account information where you can make any changes if needed.

To get back to the camera screen just swipe up on the little ^ symbol at the bottom of the screen.

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On the top right of this screen is a little camera symbol.  This is used to turn your camera to front facing view or facing away view depending on what you are going to snap or record.  The fun thing about snapchat is if you are in front facing view and line your face up then place your finger on your face until a graph appears over it, you will then notice a bunch of different stuff at the bottom.  These are the “fun” filters!  And they change regularly.   I particularly like the one I have chosen.

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When you tap the circle it takes the picture.  If you keep pressing the button it will record.  So now from this screen you have some choices.  If you hate the pic, then at the top left just tap the x and it will disappear forever.

If you don’t want to use a filter then just hit the x and it will take you back to plain camera mode.

In the second picture below, if you tap on the little page symbol it brings up a page of emojis in which you can put in your picture and even adjust their size and rotation by using your fingers on the screen.  You can also use the T symbol to add text.  If you tap the T a second time the text will increase in size and you can also adjust its size, location, and rotation by using two fingers.

The little pen symbol on the far top right is to use color to scribble words or draw on your picture using your fingertip.  There is even a color line to choose different colors to use.

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On the bottom left is a circle with a number in the middle of it.  This is used to set the time of how long you want someone to see your snap.  You can set it anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds.  I usually just leave mine on 10.  I want everyone to have ample time to see my foolishness sense of humor silliness.

To the right of that is an arrow pointing down into a half square.  This is used to save your pic or video to your camera roll if you love it that much.

And to the right of that is a partial square with a plus sign which gives you the option to add to your “story” instantly which is what I will go over next.

You can also swipe to the right for different filters such as black and white, there’s a mph screen, what the temp in your area screen, the time, and if you have done a video there are snail and rabbit features which can speed up or slow down any talking in your video.

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If you are happy with your snap pic and ready to send it out then press the bottom right flashing arrow. Which then brings you to this screen.  Disregard the Instagram message at the top…it came through right as I was screenshotting the photo.

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Now, “my story” will put your snap out for everyone to see.  So if you are trying to snap a naughty pic to your other half I wouldn’t suggest this option.  Of course I don’t do that…what kind of Momster do you think I am?

Putting your snap on “my story” leaves it up for 24 hours.  If you want to snap to individuals only, then choose who you want to send to from your list and tap the square at the far right hand side of their names.  Then just click the arrow in the far right of the blue box at the bottom that pops up once you have made choices on who to send it to.  I usually just post mine in “my story” for everyone to see.  If you send it to an individual they can only see it once for the time that you set.  But they are able to take a screenshot and then Snapchat lets you know when this has been done.

In “my story” they are usually able to view it twice.

You can also text using snapchat.  From the main screen just click on the bottom left square.  If this square is red, it means you have snaps that people have personally sent to you.  When you tap the square it brings you to the page on the left.  Just choose who you want to text message, then swipe on their name to the right and the page on the right pops up.  You can send pics, call (if they are in your phonebook), and even chat live.

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Chatting sometimes is a pain because snapchat of course erases it as soon as it has been opened and sometimes I open the app and it’s gone before I got a chance to read it.  I like to call that “snack chat”.

So there are some basics for you to get started with.  There is probably some stuff I am leaving out but don’t be afraid to play around with the app.  It can be a lot of fun and I have come across some pretty interesting snappers.  And if you do decide to get familiar with the app don’t forget to add me!

Yours Truly,

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~Starting A Blog Using WordPress~

How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

So you have decided that you want to officially start your blog using WordPress?  Now I am no expert at WordPress, and pretty much everything I have done has been through trial and error, but I am going to share with you how to start a blog using WordPress with what I have learned.

Once you have gotten to WordPress.com and had a look around and decided that you want to use them as your platform, the next thing is choosing a domain name.  Now in a post that I have written before, once you decide you want to blog you should first choose a blog name, then check to make sure that name hasn’t been taken, next make an email account using that name, and then proceed to setting up a WordPress account using that email addy.Starting A Blog Using WordPress

Once you have done this and get to the domain choosing page of WordPress just type in the name you have chosen.  It will automatically pull up options for that domain name.

I chose the free option here as I already own a domain through WordPress.  If you think that you are going to be serious about blogging then I suggest going self-hosted from the start.  But if you are just wanting to get your feet a bit damp then free  is the best route.  I have still not switched to self hosted with Domesticated Momster and **knocks on wood** have not found a reason why to.  I did however, buy my domain name through WordPress.

After selecting the free option, it will take you to a page to choose a theme.  I chose a simple theme and then chose to customize the theme.How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

If you purchase even the smallest package through WordPress it will give you more options in the customization mode but to just get started there are still plenty of options.

How To Start A Blog Using WordPressOnce you are in the custom screen you can re-enter the domain name as you want it to appear on the top of the page.  You can also enter a tagline which will appear directly under your title.  Tag lines are usually used to describe a little about what your blog is about. For instance, with Domesticated Momster my tagline reads “what happens to mommy when she gets to 3“.  For this demo I didn’t choose a tagline.How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

You can also insert a logo here if you have made one.  Logos are great to use throughout all social media as a way of people recognizing you.  They are usually created using a graphic designer but if you are like me and familiar with how to use Photoshop then you can make your own.  Once you have your title, tag line, and logo all set then just click on the little back arrow just below the X which will take you to more customizing options.

Here you can choose colors and backgrounds.  This particular theme only has an option to change the background which I did here to a lovely shade of purple. Some themes give other coloring options such as coloring your titles and links.How To Start A Blog Using WordPressThis theme may also have other options had I purchased a package with it.  In addition, being self-hosted gives you a ton of options in how you want your blog to look.  But like I said….if you are just wanting to see if you even like the world of blogging than a free WordPress platform is fine.  No point in dishing out the expense if you are just going to test the waters.

You can then choose what type of font you want for your site’s titles and body text…

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Just click on the highlighted blue line and it will produce a drop down menu with several font options.  When choosing one it will then show the examples on your blog page to the right.  Feel free to play around with a few.  There is also some font type and size options as well.

Next is the widgets section.  I know you are probably asking yourself WTF is a widget???  And I asked myself the very same thing and even after a year of blogging, I am still not 100 percent clear on the proper definition but they all go in the sidebar of your blog. How To Start A Blog Using WordPress You can choose to add however many widgets you would like but I am always about keeping it simple at first and then adding as you go along.  As for suggestions on what I feel is important in your sidebar…a picture of yourself and your social buttons are a top priority of mine.   Because… well… your readers are going to want to know what you look like and where to find you right?  If you aren’t interested in the world knowing what you look like then of course don’t put a pic of yourself but maybe find a free clip art avatar to use.  Wordpress uses a Gravatar profile in which you can enter any picture you would like.

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Most themes support an “about me” page.  I highly recommend having one.  You can keep it simple or go into great detail about who the person behind the blog is.  If you would like to check out an example you can locate mine for Domesticated Momster here.  The about page really helps with your reader’s curiosity about getting to know you.  To create the page just simply click on edit from this page and it will take you to a post writing page that looks like this…

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Just title It “About…” and start writing then when finished press the blue update button at the bottom.  You have finished the first step to starting a blog with WordPress.

In my next series on The How To’s Of WordPress I will explain how to write your first post.  So be sure to stay tuned.

Until Next Time,

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A Few LInky Etiquette Guidelines

 

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I have been in the land of the linkys for quite some time now and thought I would share a few linky etiquette guidelines.  For those of you who know me, you know that I host #momsterslink weekly.  I also link up to several linkys a week, for it is a great way to promote a post and gain some new followers.  But at the same time, this only works if everyone follows some etiquette participates in the #bloggerlove.

You want to host a linky.  GREAT!  I encourage anyone who wants to do that to go ahead and give it a try …just be warned that if you do them correctly then it can be a very time-consuming adventure.  This is because, as the host/hostess, you should be commenting on every link that links up to your linky.  If there is more than one host/hostess then this task can be shared, but at least one of the host/hostesses should comment on every post linked up especially if stated in your “rules” you want everyone to comment on the host/hostess post.  It is also appreciable to share your linkers posts across at least one of your social medias…this would fall under etiquette and isn’t quite a rule but merely a guideline to follow.

Aslo as a host, if you want linkers to read and comment on your post please try to remember to mark it with (HOST) in the title.  And I always try to list mine first although sometimes I forget to post my link before the linky starts and so I put it in whatever the next position is.  This is all personal preference, but makes it much easier for your linkers to find your post.

You want to link up to a linky.  FABULOUS!   It is customary to leave the host/hostess a comment thanking them for hosting, even if some do not have that in their “rules”.  It’s just a nice gesture to say “hey, thanks so much for taking time out of your schedule to run this fab linky that I can link up to”.   Granted I know that some of us get really busy, or we lose our linky planner **raises hand** and don’t always get to all the commenting, but doing this weeks in a row, to me, is just not showing proper linky etiquette.  It’s called linking and leaving and as a guideline I find it to be quite rude.  I see this happening through several social media.  We all like our stuff to be shared but try to live by the good old guideline, “you have to give to receive“.  I have also stopped linking to some linkies because after starting to keep track, I realized I wasn’t getting a single comment from the host/hostess.  And some, I wasn’t getting a single comment AT ALL.   This is very frustrating when there is more than one host/hostess post to comment on plus commenting on the required “rule” amount.  I find that the best way to comment on others after linking up is to comment, share, or both on the one directly before yours and then one of your choice.  This almost ensures that everyone gets at least one comment per linky.  But most important is to just follow the host/hostesses rules.

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Note: Linkers who link up, please make sure that it is easy to share your post. Check your share buttons to make sure they are working properly. It is especially helpful if your twitter is set up to tag you automatically. And I personally, love pinning everything to Pinterest so please make sure you have pinnable images on your post. Making sure your images are done correctly also helps with SEO.

Linking up to the linky doesn’t mean that you have to do the commenting right away.  I realize that some linkys start when some of us are getting ready for bed, due to the several different time zones we all live in, and who wants to do a bunch of commenting when we are taping our eyes open to stay awake?  Thats’s why I have a linky planner page that I print out every week that consists of the linky name, host name, and then 3 commenting columns for keeping track of what I have gotten done.  If you would like my template please send me an email at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com and I would be happy to email it to you. Below is a picture of what mine looks like.

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I use the last comment column to keep track of how much interaction I got from that particular linky.  After I have commented on the host/hostess’ post I put a star by the host/hostess name and once I have received a comment from the host/hostess on my post I put a star next to the linky name.  The other 2 commenting columns are used to mark when i have commented on others linked up which in most “rules” is 2 for every 1 post that you link.  This planner is a life saver for me and I keep it pinned to a peg board in my office.

Now, some of you are new to the whole “linking up with linkys” world and it can be confusing and scary to the point that some just avoid it all together.  When I first started linking up the hardest part for me to get down was the placing of the host/hostess linky badge into my post.  We spend a lot of time designing and figuring out the techie problems for those badges, so please, please, please, make sure to put them on the posts that you are linking up.  For a fantastic informational post about linking up to linkys please click here.  Becky at Cuddle Fairy’s guide is a step by step instruction with visual keys to help you.

Please note that this is not targeted at anyone in particular and just a general post that I thought some newbies may find helpful.

If there is anything that anyone else can think to add to this post please feel free to leave it in the comments and I will run an updated version at a later date.

Happy Blogging,

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~Using StumbleUpon~

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Please Note:  These tips and photos are for use with the app for IPad.

Even though StumbleUpon has been around for awhile now, it is not as widely used as some of the other social media.  But let me assure you that it’s a great way to get your pages viewed.  The key is to post others content and not just your own.  My first post that I listed on StumbleUpon had 236 views in one day!  But if you only list your own content StumbleUpon will circulate your pages less.  With StumbleUpon it’s all about the #bloggerlove. In many ways StumbleUpon is similar to Pinterest but instead of you picking a topic and pinning it to your created boards, StumbleUpon randomly gives you pages to like or dislike and you can choose to add them to your personally created lists.  Below is what it looks like after clicking on the All Interests tab in the upper left hand corner.  Once you choose an interest it begins a random page selection based on that interest. stumbleupon instructions tips blogging bloggers Below it shows my chosen interest of Married Life.  At the bottom of the page are a dislike thumb, the StumbleUpon button, and a liking thumb.  If you read the page and then decide whether you like it or not you choose the appropriate thumb, tap it, and then it will also ask if you want to save it to a list (your personally created lists).  When finished you then tap on the StumbleUpon orange button which moves you to the next randomly selected page…and so on.  Super easy right? And at anytime you can change your interest selection by tapping on the All Interests tab in the upper left. stumbleupon instructions guide tips blogging bloggers Below is what the pull down menu looks like when tapping on the StumbleUpon icon at the upper right. Likes ~ shows a list of all pages you have liked. Lists ~ shows a page with all your personally created lists. Stumblers ~ shows how many people you are following and how many are following you. Add Interests ~ here you can add more interests or remove ones that you don’t feel you are interested in anymore. Submit Content ~ by clicking on here it then takes you to a page where you add the url and a brief description of the content you want to submit.  It also asks you if it is safe for work.  Meaning does it contain any not suited for all audiences content. Discover Lists ~ gives you a page of recommended, recent, and most popular lists. History ~ shows all you history. Settings ~ gives you a few notification options and where you can report an issue, help menu, and sign out. stumbleupon guide instructions tips blogging bloggers

If you are an iPad or iPhone user, adding content is also easy via the below demonstration.  When you have found a post or page that you would like to add just tap the upper right arrow icon…if the StumbleUpon icon is not listed then tap the more icon.

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It will take you to a screen that looks like the following and just make sure the Stumbleupon button is in the on position(highlighted green).

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Tap on the done icon at the upper right and it will then take you back to the first page where your StumbleUpon icon should now appear like on the first page.  If you tap on it from the content page you want to enter, it will take you directly to your StumbleUpon account and then add the content.

I will be continuing with more tips about StumbleUpon as I use it more.  For now I am going stumbling!

Enjoy!

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Blogging Tips With Domesticated Momster Part 1

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When I first decided to start a blog, I had no clue where to start.  Along the way I have learned A LOT.  This would actually be an understatement for I am still learning stuff everyday and I have been blogging for over 6 months now.  Over the course of this time with my blog, I have been asked by others how they might go about starting a blog.  Therefore, I have decided to share some of my blogging tips for anyone wanting to start a blog or for those of you who have been blogging for some time now.  Below is the first part of a series of tips that I will be adding to in future blogs.

Part 1~

Think of a clever name.  Your name is so important.  The catchier it is…the better.  I thought of my name in approximately 30 seconds and it stuck.  Think of key words that describe you or what you plan to blog about. Think “simple to remember” so that when readers want to find you they can type the name easily into any search engine.

Research a blogging platform such as WordPress or Blogger and decide which platform will suit your needs the most.  I had only ever heard of WordPress so I set up my account with them.  Wordpress is great for beginners and very user friendly.  You can get a free domain or you can pay and own your domain name.  I suggest doing this so that no one else can claim it.  A lot of bloggers continue on to use a self hosting platform such as Bluehost or Go Daddy.  I have not yet ventured into that but I can’t stress enough to DO YOUR RESEARCH.  For a list of the most commonly used hosts, click here.  If you plan on blogging for a long time and getting serious about it, then I suggest self hosting from the start.  Don’t be afraid to talk to other bloggers to find out who they use and if they are happy with their host.

Make Email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and any other social media site accounts, using your domain name.  It is much preferable if your domain name is used throughout all your social media for then it is easier for those who are looking for you, to find you.  I can’t stress enough the importance of this.

Choose a logo.  A logo is going to be a part of your blogs identity.  Keeping it simple and related to your brand is best.  There are lots of free images on the internet.  Or if you are familiar with photoshop then you can custom design your own.  There are sites such as PicMonkey and Ribbet that have images and editing features to help with designing media. There is also the option of hiring a graphic designer but this can be expensive for just starting out your blog.  It is important that when people see your logo they can recognize you and your logo can be used throughout all social media.   You can also use something as simple as a picture of yourself.  For a great article explaining the different types of logos click here.

Choose a theme.  A theme is what is used to design your blog page.  Wordpress has many themes to choose from.  They have themes for blogs specializing in categories such as Photography or Travel.  There are plenty of free ones to choose or if you want to step it up there are lots of themes that can be purchased. I would suggest using a free theme to start out. I changed my theme several times before finding one I liked.

Write your first post.  Think about what you want to write about.  Topics that you are knowledgable about and produce it in a way that will keep the reader interested from start until finish.  Start with a catchy title.  Use images or memes throughout your post…don’t be boring.  If you proof read it and find yourself yawning then most likely so will your readers. Keep most of your blog posts between 300 and 800 words.  Informative but not so long that your reader begins to wander off, fall asleep, or never want to return to your blog again.

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